Salvadoreno Latin Cuisine warms up Dallas-Fort Worth pupusa fans
A cool new restaurant comes to Hurst with what's hailed as the best fusion of Salvadoran and Peruvian food, under one cozy roof.
Salvadoreño Latin Cuisine opened in late March in Hurst at 660 Grapevine Hwy., in a cozy storefront in the same shopping center as the Tom Thumb, with a menu that incorporates dishes from El Salvador, Perú, México, and Colombia.
Owner Jose Bonilla and his family bring recipes from El Salvador that have been handed down from generation to generation.
Those recipes form the foundation of the restaurant and include pupusas, the trademark Salvadoran dish consisting of a thick corn cake stuffed with a savory filling.
At Salvadoreno, they grill the pupusas until they acquire a nice dark char. Fillings include beans, cheese, pork, or loroco, the subtly-flavored flower that's traditional to the cuisine.
Their menu also incorporates other Latin American recipes, all using traditional methods and original ingredients.
There's a beautiful paella with shrimp, lobster, and mussels; lomo saltado, the Peruvian dish of beef with onions, tomatoes, and sliced potatoes; numerous ceviches; and yuca fries con chicharron.
They also do fajitas; stewed tripe; pork chops; a Chinese-style fried rice with beef or chicken; and even a Milanesa de pollo, chicken breast with bread crumbs. It's a regular cross-section of cuisines.
Most popular dishes include the pupusas, of course, plus chicken tamales, fried plantains, and shredded beef with eggs and tortillas.
They open at 10 am, which means you can sneak in for a "Salvadoreno breakfast" of plantains and refried beans with tortillas, both comforting and nutritious.
There are complimentary chips and salsa, served warm; and refreshing fruit drinks in melon, pineapple, and passion fruit. For now they are BYOB but a liquor license on the way, Bonilla says.